Who is Renée Zellweger?
Renée Zellweger is an award-winning American actress. She is popularly known for her work in movies like “Jerry Maguire”, which also starred Tom Cruise and “One True Thing”, which starred Meryl Streep.
Renée Zellweger is also known for her portrayals of vulnerable characters in movies like, “Nurse Betty”, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, and “Judy”. In 2007, Renée Zellweger was rated among the world’s highest-paid actresses.
Renée Zellweger’s full name is Renée Kathleen Zellweger. She was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, the United States to her parents – Emil Zellweger (father) and Kjellfrid Irene (mother). As of November 2022, Renée Zellweger is 53 years old.
About Renée Zellweger’s parents
Renée Zellweger’s father, Emil Erich Zellweger is from the town of Au, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is reportedly a descendant of an Appenzell noble family. By trade, he was a mechanical and electrical engineer who worked in the oil refining business.
Renée Zellweger’s mother, Kjellfrid Irene (née Andreassen) is a Norwegian woman of Kven (that is, Finnish) and Sámi descent. She was a nurse and a midwife who moved to the United States from Norway to work as a governess (used in the olden days to refer to a woman employed to teach children at home). During the Second World War, Renée Zellweger’s mother was just a child.
Speaking about her mother’s childhood, Renée Zellweger said:
“She was living in an occupied country and there were bullets falling from the sky and you had to run inside because that was part of your day. And when you think about that being your reality as a child, can you imagine the value system that you establish? And my brother and I have been the beneficiaries of that. She’s cool.”
Both Renée Zellweger’s parents immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and got married in 1963.
About Renée Zellweger’s siblings
Renée Zellweger has an older brother named Drew Zellweger. He was born on February 15, 1967, and is currently 55 years old. In a 2019 interview with Vanity Fair, Renée Zellweger said that she and her brother were more than just siblings, adding that he’s her best friend.
She revealed that it was her brother who helped her through her first public breakup. She added that her brother had always been very overprotective of her.
“He helps me keep perspective, like with my very first big public break-up. It was really difficult, and my first time to be really splashed over the tabloids. It’s an adjustment.”
According to Renée Zellweger, Drew Zellweger picked up all the tabloids that were at the checkout centre at the supermarket and came to visit her. When he arrived, he read the tabloids to her and they both laughed until they cried.
About Renée Zellweger’s marriage and wedding
As of November 2022, Renée Zellweger has been married once. However, the union was annulled. Zellweger was married to country music singer Kenny Chesney for four months before she filed for an annulment of the marriage over a claim of “fraud”.
List of men Renée Zellweger has dated
Apart from Chesney, Renée Zellweger has also been in several high-profile relationships with men like Jim Carrey and Doyle Bramhall II.
- Renée Zellweger and Jim Carrey dated in 1999.
- Renée Zellweger and Jack White dated in 2003.
- Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney dated in 2005.
- Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper dated in 2009.
- Renée Zellweger and Doyle Bramhall II dated in 2012.
- Renée Zellweger is currently dating Ant Anstead.
About Renée Zellweger’s marriage to Kenny Chesney
Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born on March 26, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the United States and is currently 54 years old.
Kenny Chesney and Renée Zellweger met on January 15, 2005, at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief event. Chesney had reportedly had eyes for Zellweger before their meeting. It is believed that Renée Zellweger was the inspiration for his 1999 song, “You Had Me From Hello”.
Zellweger went public with their relationship on April 29, 2005, when she brought Chesney a margarita and then kissed him on stage. They enjoyed a whirlwind romance and tied the knot on May 9, 2005, nearly four months after their initial meeting.
The couple got married in a private ceremony on the island of St. John. In September 2005, after about 4 months of marriage, Renée Zellweger filed for an annulment of the union, citing “fraud” as the reason for the suit. Zellweger later clarified things, stating that her use of the word, “fraud” was only a legal term and not a reflection of Chesney’s character.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Kenny Chesney said:
“The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that I knew what it was like, that I really understood what it was like to be married, and I really didn’t.”
The annulment of the marriage was officially finalized in December 2005.
About Renée Zellweger’s relationship with Jim Carrey
James Eugene Carrey (known professionally as Jim Carrey) is a Canadian-American actor, producer, comedian and author. He was born on January 17, 1962, and is currently 60 years old.
Renée Zellweger and Jim Carrey met in 1999, while on the set of the movie, “Me, Myself and Irene”. They dated for a year before calling it quits in 2000. In a 2020 interview with Howard Stern, Jim Carrey said:
“She definitely was special to me, very special. I think she’s lovely.”
During the course of their relationship, Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger were engaged to be married. Sadly, things didn’t work out between them.
About Renée Zellweger’s relationship with Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born on January 5, 1975, in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, the United States and is currently 47 years old.
Renée Zellweger met Bradley Cooper on the set of the 2009 movie, “Case 39” where they played friends. They started dating shortly after. The relationship was a serious one from every indication. Renée Zellweger even went shopping with Cooper’s mother at one point. They were also rumoured to have gotten engaged but neither party addressed the reports.
In 2010, Bradley Cooper said:
“I just love her. I loved coming to work. I love acting with her. I can learn so much from her.”
At the time, Renée Zellweger also said:
“Bradley is a great, great actor. I just got so excited,not believing that I was going to work with him.”
Zellweger and Cooper moved in together in 2010 but sadly, they split in March 2011 after dating for roughly a year.
About Renée Zellweger’s relationship with Doyle Bramhall II
Doyle Bramhall II is an American musician, producer, guitarist and songwriter. He was born on December 24, 1968, in Dallas, Texas, the United States and is currently 53 years old.
Bramhall and Zellweger first met in the 80s at the University of Texas when Zellweger was studying English literature. However, they did not become romantically involved until 2012.
Speaking about her relationship with Doyle Bramhall II, Renée Zellweger said:
“He’s a very special person. Isn’t he cute? He’s a very sweet man. I’m very, very happy right now.”
Bramhall and Zellweger were together for 7 years (from 2012 to 2019). The affair is Zellweger’s longest relationship to date.
Following their split in 2019, Zellweger said:
“It kind of stays. And that over time, even when you think it’s gone, reflecting on it, it’s still very much there. It’s kind of great actually.”
About Renée Zellweger’s relationship with Ant Anstead
Anthony Richard Anstead is an English television presenter, motor specialist, car builder, designer and artist. He was born in March 1979 in Plymouth, Devon, England and is currently 43 years old.
Renée Zellweger and Ant Anstead met while on the set of Anstead’s “Celebrity IOU Joyride”. News of their relationship first hit the tabloids in April 2021 and in July 2021, they spent some time together in Anstead’s California beach house. Zellweger also attended the Radford Motors gala with Anstead, marking their first public appearance together.
Speaking about his relationship with Renée Zellweger, Ant Anstead said:
“Renée and my relationship is something that’s really private. It’s something I’m not really willing to talk too much about. It’s really early in our relationship and I don’t want to put pressure on that.”
They made their relationship official on Instagram in September 2021 when Anstead posted a picture of himself with Zellweger.
Renée Zellweger officially met Anstead’s older children, Amelie and Archie in January 2022. About the meeting, Anstead said:
“It was great. I mean, Renée’s really personable and so great with people, and they’ve met a few times on FaceTime, so everybody was excited to finally get together. Of course, everybody got on famously. It’s really nice.”
As of the time of publishing this article, Zellweger and Anstead are still together and going strong in love.
About Renée Zellweger’s kids
At the time of publishing this article, Renée Zellweger has no children. In 2008, Renée Zellweger said that she has never been excited about becoming a mother.
“Motherhood has never been an ambition. I don’t think like that. I just want to be independent and be able to take care of myself.”
However, in 2016, Renée Zellweger’s position on motherhood and parenting appear to have softened when she said:
“I’ve always been kind of open to whatever. Maybe curious…about to see what’s next.”
Is Renée Zellweger now fat?
No. In 2021, photos of Renée Zellweger looking larger than usual surfaced on the internet, raising questions that the actress has gotten fat. But the photos were actually taken on the set of her upcoming TV show “The Thing About Pam” where she plays convicted murderer Pam Hupp.
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Renée Zellweger had to wear a fat suit plus facial prosthetics in order to portray Pam Hupp more convincingly.